The Biggest Loser, known for its weight loss makeovers, reveals a makeover of its own when the series returns with new host Bob Harper, a new "Temptation" theme, an updated state-of-the-art gym, a new logo, fun format changes and a return to the popular team vs. team competition.
Dolvett Quince and Jen Widerstrom return to train eight contestant teams of two, all with compelling stories.
Seven teams (spouses, parent/adult child, siblings, relatives, best friends) will know each other, but one team will be two strangers - original Survivor winner Richard Hatch and The Voice 2 semi-finalist Erin Willett. The two share the same goal as the other 14 contestants - to change their lives and get healthy.
The renovated Biggest Loser gym, featuring a new interior and exterior branded with the new logo, has modernised equipment to help contestants better achieve their fitness goals, including eight high-tech monitors on the walls of each side of the gym that will track contestants' calorie burns as well as heart rates.
Half of the gym will be dedicated to Team Dolvett and the other half dedicated to Team Jen.
The weigh-in will be very different this season with a new look and double scales, so contestants on opposing teams can weigh-in side by side. The contestant house is also getting a whole new look for Season 17.
The theme this season is 'Temptation' and contestants will learn how to deal with all kinds of temptations in the real world, ranging from food to money to electronic devices.
Players will be spending more time off-campus than in previous seasons, learning to face a variety of temptations head on and navigate the many challenges that can be stumbling blocks to living a healthy lifestyle.
The new contestant teams include twin brothers and physical education teachers Luis and Roberto Hernandez, and nutritionist Lauren Clark and her mother Vicki Clark, a women's healthcare nurse practitioner, who all want be better role models in their professions.
Also featured will be Britney Anderson and her Aunt, Tonsheia "Toy" Grandison, whose health and life were forever changed by the accidental drowning of her young son when she was 20 years old.
In addition, the new cast includes Hope Wright, who needs to get healthy in order to start a family with her husband and teammate, Colby, who turned to food to cope with the stress and sadness of losing his father to suicide and his brother six weeks later in a car accident.
Jacky Kmet will be competing with her husband, Stephen, whose weight gain accelerated after a job layoff, the diagnosis and death of his father from ALS and the diagnosis of their 5-year-old son with juvenile diabetes.
The new contestants will be competing for the $250,000 grand prize.
||4 March 2018